Network of Sacred Heart Schools

College Counseling

Finding the right college does not have to be an overwhelming or discouraging process.  In fact, it can and should be fun. Our aim is that by May of a student’s senior year, he or she will have found the right collegiate match in terms of academic, geographic, social, athletic, and economic standards. 

Our Philosophy

The philosophy of the college counseling office asserts that:

  • Every student should seek to find the right fit, regardless of perceived prestige or rigor of admission.
  • Every student should be afforded equal and individual attention in the college application process.
  • The college process, in alignment with the five goals of a Sacred Heart education, should foster an environment of growing knowledge, thoughtful questioning, and an intentional integration of the skills and desires of each student. 

Our Process

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  • Role of the Counselor

    Our belief is that a student comes to our office with the tools needed to make wise choices about college and the college application process, and that our role is to aid and support that student in the journey of selecting a school.  We seek to provide the individual and community information, advice, and support necessary to clarify the college process, and to lead each student to optimal success. We hope to empower students to take charge of the process for themselves as they move toward a goal of personal responsibility and self-advocacy in college, and in the future.

    The College Counselors serve as the link between students and colleges, providing insight into a student’s strengths and accomplishments in the context of our community.  It is our pleasure to serve as advocates for the students of Sacred Heart, and to share in their eventual successes as they move on to the next step of their education.

    Counselors will work to help students identify their strengths, needs, and expectations for college, and to reinforce each student’s innate worthiness to pursue a college education. We hope to serve as a constant reminder that who an individual is will neither be enhanced, nor diminished, based on where that student is accepted to college.
  • Role of the Student

    It is our expectation that each student will take responsibility for initiating and investing in the college process, and seek help from the college counselor as needed.  We hope to enable our students to work to the best of their ability and to make wise choices throughout the college admission process.  Students will be responsible for all aspects of the application process, including:
    • Completing each application with truthful, original, and thorough responses to application questions
    • Taking standardized tests as needed, and sending scores to appropriate colleges
    • Initiating and completing the interview process at each college as appropriate
    • Initiating requests for recommendation letters from teachers and outside recommenders as appropriate
    • Informing the College Counseling office of the outcome of every completed application, and eventual college choice

Standards & Practice

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College Representatives

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CEEB/ACT Code: 051955 


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Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12